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Patrick Bertoletti eats 58 hot dogs to win Nathan’s Coney Island contest in Joey’s Chestnut’s absence

Patrick Bertoletti wins the mens title with 58 hot dogs eaten at Nathan’s Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Adam Gray/Getty Images)
Patrick Bertoletti wins the mens title with 58 hot dogs eaten at Nathan’s Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Adam Gray/Getty Images)
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The 2024 Nathan’s Hot Dog Competition is history after of Chicago won . He captured the prized by chowing down 58 hot dogs as reigning champ Joey Chestnut didn’t compete.

Prior to that showdown, the women’s record was shattered by , from New York City, who ate 51 wieners en route to winning that competition.

Miki Sudo, right, reacts after winning the women's division in the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, Thursday, July 4, 2024, at Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Sudo ate a record 51 hot dogs. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)
Miki Sudo, right, reacts after winning the women’s division in the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, Thursday, July 4, 2024, at Coney Island (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

The rules for the annual dog fight, which began in 1972, state that whoever eats the most hot dogs in ten minutes takes home $10,000. Every Fourth of July, roughly 20 professional eaters show up at the corner of the corner of Surf and Stillwell Ave. to flex their stomachs.

Notably missing from the men’s competition was Chestnut the 16-time  who won last year’s contest by downing 62 hot dogs. He sat out this year’s competition due to a contract dispute resulting from his deal with Impossible Foods, which makes vegetable-based weiners.

Chestnut planned to compete in a 5 p.m. competition with U.S Troops at Fort Bliss in Texas. He ended Takeru “The Tsunami” Kobayashi’s reign in 2007 in a showdown regarded as a classic in the competitive eating world. Chestnut ate 76 hot dogs in 2021, which remains a world record.

Kobayashi held the title from 2001 to 2006, but stepped away from the Nathan’s event in 2007 amid a falling out with event organizers at Major League Eating.

He ate 50 hot dogs in 2001,which doubled the previous record. The 46-year-old competitive eater accomplished that feat by implementing “The Solomon Method.” That plan sees competitors stick half a hot dog in their mouths while dipping the other half — bun and all — into water before shoving that half down too.

Chestnut and Kobayashi will on Sept. 2 when they face-off in an eating contest airing on Netflix.

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